Visiting National Nature Reserves – Covid-19 update
National Nature Reserves are special places for wildlife and people. As Scottish Government COVID-19 restrictions ease, we look forward to welcoming more of you back.
Many of our sites have been very busy recently, especially at weekends, we recommend you check before visiting and have an alternative plan or two in place so if you turn up and the car park is full you can go somewhere else. Facilities on some sites have not yet reopened so please check and plan ahead before you leave home.
For the latest information on what is and isn’t open on individual reserves and how busy they are please check with the site managers – there are links to their website from each individual NNR listing on this website. Or if you know who manages the reserve you can check on their websites:
- Forestry and Land Scotland
- National Trust for Scotland
- Scottish Natural Heritage
- Scottish Wildlife Trust
- Woodland Trust Scotland
To help you have the best experience on our reserves, please remember that it is your responsibility to:
- Be kind and respectful to others.
- Be prepared to go somewhere else if your destination is too crowded.
- Leave no trace of your visit – take your litter and dog waste away with you and dispose of it responsibly, or in your bin at home.
- Maintain physical distancing – stay at least 2 metres away from other people
- Keep your dog under proper control. Don’t let it approach other people, livestock or wildlife.
- Be alert in spells of hot, dry weather and do not light fires – including barbecues.
Please always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
National Nature Reserves (NNRs) are truly inspiring places where you can experience the incredible sights and sounds of our natural world. You’ll find NNRs throughout Scotland, and you’re welcome to visit and enjoy them.
Most reserves have nationally or internationally important habitats and species. Visitor facilities are carefully designed so you can make the most of your visit without disturbing the wildlife or habitats. Trails and information displays – and perhaps a visitor centre or wildlife watching hide – will help you discover what makes each NNR special.